July 1, 2021
WPI July & August Events
Stay up to date on WPI conferences, workshops and webinars!

You are receiving this email because you have worked with or attended an event hosted by the Wisconsin Procurement Institute. We look forward to working with you in the future. Please find WPI's current event schedule below. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!
Featured Events
Day 1 Virtual

July 22 | 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Day 1 of the 15th Annual Government Opportunities Business Conference (GOBC) is scheduled as a full-day virtual event. Stay connected at wigobc.org for updates including the full day’s agenda.

Speakers include:
  • Bill Hughes & Julia Banegas; Husch Blackwell
  • Eric Ness; U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • Sam Rikkers; Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC)
  • Jason Rathsack; Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA)
  • John Frederick, Varick Williams & Brad Bruce; The Boeing Company
Watch for further updates on Day 2 – October 21, 2021
Day 2 will be a full-day traditional in-person event. Join us in-person at the Volk Field Air National Guard Base in Camp Douglas, WI.
July 15 | 9:00 - 10:00 am
National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Midwest Regional Conference Series
 Session 3

Keynote Speaker: Colonel Wesley Hallman; NDIA
The keynote speaker for this session will be Colonel Wesley Hallman, USAF (Ret), Senior Vice President, Strategy & Policy, National Defense Industrial Association. Wes will discuss various legislative issues and efforts vital to the National Defense Industrial Base and NDIA including the annual Vital Signs report. Vital Signs is a study on the health and readiness of the defense industrial base. The goal of Vital Signs is to persistently monitor a set of key metrics to measure the health of the defense industrial base over time. Wes will talk about the 2021-second edition as well as ongoing efforts for the third edition.

Wes came to NDIA after a 27-year career in the Air Force, last serving as the Chief Air Force Liaison to the House of Representatives responsible for advising the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force on engagement with Congress while working directly with members of the House of Representatives and their offices on Air Force and national security matters. Prior to his work with Congress, he was the senior executive assistant to the Joint Staff Director of Strategic Plans and Policy.
This no-cost, three-part series will focus on partnering and teaming as an intentional business strategy. The purpose of the series is to help bring awareness and elevate teaming approaches and skills to our women-owned businesses. The series is designed to address how a successful partnering strategy can expand capabilities, capacity, and add value to your existing and potential customers to meet their sourcing needs
Session 2

July 20 | 10 am - Noon
This session will focus on challenges and risk mitigation, offer legal insights into teaming approaches and agreements, and locating good partners or team members. REGISTER HERE

Speakers include:
  • Anisha Jackson – Supplier Diversity Manager; American Family
  • Shane Mahaffy – Lead Business Opportunity Specialist; U.S. SBA
  • Adonica Randall – President and Chief Problem Solver; Abaxent LLC
  • Jean Marie Thiel – President; Belonger Corporation Inc.
  • D.M. (Daryl) Hodnett – System Director-Supplier Diversity and Inclusion; Advocate Aurora Health
  • Tim Connelly – Government Contract Attorney; Tim Connelly Law PLLC
  • Jeff Chmielewski – Facility Manager; WEC Energy Group
  • Karen Goldner – Managing Director, Established Business Services; Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC)
  • Jessie Leonard – Associate Director; Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC)
  • Aina Vilumsons – CEO; Wisconsin Procurement Institute (WPI)
Session 3

Aug 17 | 10 am - Noon
This session will offer a roadmap that will help guide you on developing your own teaming and partnership arrangements. We will explore types of contract opportunities, methods of developing relationships, performing due diligence, and various levels of formality. REGISTER HERE

Presented by the Women's Business Development Center (WBDC), WBDC WI Ambassador Advisory Committee and the Wisconsin Procurement Institute (WPI)
Questions? Please call Jessie Leonard at (414) 395-4564 or email jleonard@wbdc.org
  • July 13, 2021, Acquisition Hour: The Spend to the End- LEARN MORE - Webinar

  • July 15, 2021, NDIA Midwest Regional Conference Series - Session 3 - Colonel Wesley Hallman; NDIA- LEARN MORE - Webinar

  • July 20, 2021, Challenges in Developing Successful Business Teams and Partnerships - LEARN MORE - Webinar

  • July 21, 2021, Acquisition Hour: Government Property Management for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors - LEARN MORE - Webinar

  • July 22, 2021, 15th Annual WI Gov't Opportunities Business Conference (GOBC) - Day 1- LEARN MORE - Webinar

  • July 29, 2021, Summer Cyber Reboot: Fundamentals of Cyber Security for Federal Contractors - LEARN MORE - Webinar
  • August 5, 2021, Summer Cyber Reboot: NIST’s Cybersecurity Framework and the FAR/DFARS - LEARN MORE - Webinar

  • August 11, 2021, Acquisition Hour: The Federal Spend to the End - LEARN MORE - Webinar

  • August 17, 2021, A Roadmap to Developing Successful Teams and Partnerships - LEARN MORE - Webinar

  • August 17, 2021, Acquisition Hour: Overview of CPARS - LEARN MORE - Webinar

  • August 26, 2021, Summer Cyber Reboot: NIST's Tips and Tactics for Ransomware Protection - LEARN MORE - Webinar
- New Webinar Series -
WPI’s Cyber Friday webinar series is shifting temporarily to Thursdays for the summer months. 

- Save the Date -
September 9 | 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Winning State of Wisconsin Contracts -
Leveraging Your Diverse Business Certifications

Sessions will cover State of Wisconsin Certifications for Minority, Woman and Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses, Locating and Evaluating State of Wisconsin Opportunities and Requirements, as well as Responding to State of Wisconsin Opportunities
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Newsletter Editor: Doug Clemons, dougc@wispro.org